Tuesday, May 5, 2015
All the Light We Cannot See
I recently finished reading All the Light We Cannot See, which just won the Pulitzer Prize, by the way, and today I thought I'd share a review with you all.
This novel is set in the times of WWII, but is in a perspective I haven't seen before. It seems to me most WWII stories are from the point of view of Holocaust victims and survivors, whereas this one is from the point of view of two teens: a blind, French girl and an orphan German boy who becomes part of war through his talents in engineering.
The story goes back and forth in time, and is told from both the point of view of the Marie, the French girl and Warner, the German boy. I'll admit, although beautifully written, it took awhile for me to get used to the flashback chapters and the switching of perspectives.
Both Marie and Warner come from very different places, but both have unique and dynamic stories. The author has done an amazing job of creating such life-like characters. There is also the mystery of a missing jewel, whose value is great to those within the German government. You see this jewel and it's power intertwined within the book, which adds to the mystery.
For much of the book it's unclear what the connection is between these too, as their stories are so different, however they collide in a powerful way, change each of them forever.
I would definitely suggest check this book out as a summer read, I don't think you'll be disappointed!
I need some more books to add to my list, what have you read lately?